John and Alice's Family Room John and Alice's Kitchen

Nearing The Finish Line

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Hello!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend, and a relaxing holiday yesterday…at least those of you here in the U.S. of A.  I actually worked through the weekend, but took yesterday off.  Now today, I’m back at it.

It seems like John & Alice’s kitchen and family room are taking forever to finish, but I promise, I’m nearing the finish line!!  I had hoped to finish on Sunday, but it looks like I’ll need one more day before I can get my mom over to take the final pictures.

I was getting to the point of being incredibly frustrated with myself for taking so long on these rooms, and then I stood back and took a look at them and realized just WHY they had taken so long!  These rooms are packed full of DIY projects!!

The painting alone took what seemed like forever.  Their kitchen is pretty big, and has lots of cabinets.  The task of painting those cabinets seemed never ending.

j and a kitchen almost after 4

Along with that came removing all of the doors and drawers, and switching out the hinges and hardware.  That’s a huge job!  Other painting projects included all of the trim, two doors, the fireplace, the fireplace screen, and the bookcase next to the fireplace.

Then there was that huge paneled wall that was painted and then upholstered…

j and a family room great wall progress 1

That was certainly no easy task, but I love the way it turned out.  And the added texture that it gives the room was well worth the effort.

Next came the Craigslist dresser that I transformed into a t.v. stand…

craigslist dresser transformation 1

That went from an outdated dresser to a pretty little addition to their family room.

Then I got a wild idea to build a coffee table

diy factory cart style coffee table

That was probably my favorite thing I’ve ever built!

Then I built a mantel

rough hewn wood mantel 4

And a decorative mirror out of wood shims…

decorative mirror made of wood shims 1

But I’m not just all about building!  I also painted and reupholstered not just one, but two occasional chairs

chair with pillow

and four dining chairs

dining chair after

and my mom and I both tackled reupholstering not one, but two wing back chairs

wingback chair after

I also painted an original piece of artwork for the room…

painting stage final

and made some candlesticks out of staircase spindles…

candlesticks 1

and a fancy chalkboard, also with spindles…

fancy chalkboard 5

and a candleholder from outdated lighting…

brass light after 4

and a gallery wall

gallery wall 1

And let’s not forget the absolute pain that this table was…

j and a breakfast table after 1

After re-making the top, and then having to refinish it after the stain looked horrible, I ended up having to re-make the entire table top again after this one cracked!!  The crack started at a knot, and went clear across the table top along the grain of the wood.  So frustrating, but the final table looks great in the room, so I’m almost glad it happened.  I’ll show you later this week.

Then there are the three end tables that I painted, the chandelier that I painted, all of the pillows and feather pillow forms that my mom and I both worked on, and all of the accessories.

Yeah.  I’m exhausted.

The last big task was to do something about the hole left in the kitchen cabinets where the old trash compactor used to be.

j and a kitchen almost after 8

I worked on that on Sunday, and I hope to finish it up today.  Then after a bit of tweaking on the accessories, I can officially call these rooms finished!!

I can’t wait to show you the final before and after…and then take a reeeeeally long nap (or possibly a really long vacation).

But for now, duty calls.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!


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    July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I'm glad you did this recap. Apparently there are a few of your projects I missed. I'll have to go take a look!

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    Tanya @
    July 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Great recap!  Wowza you've been busy!!

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    Kim Perdew
    July 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    You will SOOOOOOO deserve a nap. All of the projects are AMAZING…… Thanks for sharing each step in the process

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    July 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Everything you do turns out perfect!  I am specially so impressed with the way those wingback chair came out… Fantastic job!

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    July 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Wow – How?  How do you manage to do all this building, painting and upholstering? I am in awe : )

    Just discovered your blog and this first post has me – I am a follower.  I only have a small space, but I love making a nice home, the best it can be.  I am inspired and particularly love the coffee table, so unique and rustic charm. 

    My sister and I have a small handmade business, making pillows that add a splash of colour and bohemian chic, inspired by our travels – I would love you to come and visit us : )

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    July 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    wow…I'm exhausted just reading this 🙂 he he
    I say finish out the nook and tuck the trash can into it….open up some prime real estate under the sink. You could even glam up the trash can with a little mod podge action to make it match, or buy a little sparkle….I guess it could become a book shelf for cook books, or a verticle storage for cake pans…. personally I think it would make a great time out cupboard 😉

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    July 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Wow! You have been busy. I can relate to changing the hardware on the cabinets. My favorite item is the Coffee table. You go girl! 

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    July 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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    July 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Kristi you are amazing!!! I was so impressed with the kitchen, then I kept reading on to find all the other creations, furniture and new upholstery – wonderfully creative and stylish. You have been one VERY busy girl, love it!

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    Miss Charming
    July 6, 2011 at 5:10 am

    You have a great creative vision and then have the talent to execute it!  Amazing!  I didn't realize all those projects were for the same home.  Looking forward to seeing the final reveal!

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    Miss Charming
    July 6, 2011 at 5:15 am

    I'm now a follower of your blog.

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    Painting Contractors Atlanta
    July 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Awesome! Thanks for put on view these pictures. These are
    adorable. Thanks again!

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    [email protected] On a Limb...
    July 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Wow.  You are a machine (an incredibly talented one at that)!

    So inspiring.  Amazing stuff. I'm a fairly new reader and follower, but I'm hooked.

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Rest up and have a great day!

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    July 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    What color did you paint their bottom cabinets?  They look great!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    It's a Behr color called Elephant Skin, but I had it color matched in Sherwin Williams oil-based interior satin paint.

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    Metal Wall Art
    July 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    What a brilliant idea! It was so easy to do. You don’t haveto spend much money by doing this, you just have to recycle thosetoilet paper rolls. Good job!

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    Metal Wall Art
    July 10, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Great wall art you have in there. I think it will look better if you painted the wall with a bright color. 

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    August 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    No idea how I ended up on your site, but I am grateful I did. You are a such a talented young woman; so kind of you to share your talents. You've uplifted my spirits considerably. Thank you, Kristi!

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    Kathryn Dawn
    September 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Do you have a picture of the former trash compactor spot since you finished it?  Mine needs to go, but I don't know what to do with the empty space it will leave.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    September 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yep, you can see it here:

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    September 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    My husband does repo remodels and when he had a trash compactor hole he bought a rebuilt cabinet from Lowe’s and a slide in trash can. Turned out pretty neat.